“I Traveled Each and Every Highway”*
Six-Word Memoir book events, readings, and salutations

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Six Words Fresh Fresh Off the Boat book tour & events!
(Looking for the Six Words Fresh Off the Boat press page? Go here.)

CHICAGO, September 6Anderson’s Bookshop, 7pm, with the “How to Raise a Global Citizen” book group (Downers Grove, IL)

AUSTIN, September 9: Book People (Austin, TX)

BOSTON, September 12: The Harvard Coop, 6:30pm (Boston, MA)

BROOKLYN, September 18: Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30pm (Brooklyn, NY)

LOS ANGELES, September 27: IMPACT panel discussion (Burbank, CA)

ALBUQUERQUE, September 29: Bookworks, 6pm (Albuquerque, NM)

COLORADO SPRINGS, November 6: Barnes & Noble 2017 NACAS conference (Colorado, CO)

MIAMI, November 18-19: Miami Book Fair (Miami, FL)


The Best Advice in Six Words  book tour & events:

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PHILADELPHIA, November 10, 2015. 6pm: Main Line School Night Academy (wine & cheese reception at 5pm). Join us on Philly’s Main Line for Larry Smith’s presentation about the contours of creativity, ending with an audience “Six-Word Slam.”

NEW YORK CITY, November 11, 2015. 7:30pm: Greenlight Books (686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York). Join local contributors, including Taylor Schilling, Piper Kerman, A.J. Jacobs, Joel Garland, Kate Reil, Mary Elizabeth Williams, and Emily Spivack, as they share their Six-Word Advice and brief backstories. The event ends with an audience “Six-Word Slam.”

MIAMI, November 14, 2015. Larry Smith leads an intimate dinner-time conversation at the 2015 Summit at Sea conference.

SAN FRANCISCO, December 4, 2015, 7:30pm. 826 Valencia, Join Larry Smith, Shauna Greene, and Bay Area contributors sharing their Six-Word Advice and brief backstories in a benefit for Dave Eggers’ 826 Valencia youth writing and literacy center. The event ends with an audience “Six-Word Slam.” (Suggested $5-$10 donation.)

LOS ANGELES, December 5, 2015, 5pm. Book Soup (8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood). Join Larry Smith, Piper Kerman, Dan Rollman, and Los Angeles contributors as they share their Six-Word Advice and brief backstories. The event ends with an audience “Six-Word Slam.”

COLUMBUS, OH, December 9, 2015, 7pm, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (4247 N. High St.)
(presented in conjunction with The Book Loft}
Join Larry Smith, Jeni Britton Bauer, Piper Kerman, and other local storytellers in a special Six in the City: Columbus event to celebrate the release of “The Best Advice in Six Words” from the Six-Word Memoir project. As part of the gathering, all attendees are invited to share their own six-word stories in the form of advice, a story about Columbus, or what Jeni’s means to them. Prizes (books, ice cream) will be awarded to audience favorites.


It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure is out and we’re hitting the road for events across the country. Our readings are fun, participatory, and…. short! We start on time and end 45 minutes later. Hope you can join us and tell your friends in places across the U.S. Join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter for last-minute additions, reminders, and contests.

January 5, 2010: Brooklyn
WORD BOOKS, 7:30pm
126 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY

January 6, 2010: Milwaukee
10976 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI

January 8, 2010: Austin
603 N Lamar, Austin, TX

January 11, 2010: San Francisco (The Haight)
1644 Haight St., San Francisco
Afterparty: TBA!

January 12,2010: San Francisco (Ferry Building)
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco

January 13, 2010: Seattle
4326 University Way NE, Seattle

January 24, 2010: New York City
The 92 Street Y, panel discussion with authors AJ Jacobs, Amy Sohn, and Ben Yagoda about the brilliance of brief writing. Enter our contest and end up on stage that night!
1395 Lexington Ave, New York City


2009 Love & Heartbreak Tour Dates

January 27, Denver, Tattered Cover Books, 7:30pm. Join us after at the White Owl, 321 E. 45th Ave.
January 29, Berkeley, CA, Mrs. Dalloway’s, 7:30pm.
January 30, San Francisco, Books Inc., 7pm.
January 31, Marin, Book Passage, 7pm.
February 2, Portland, OR, Powell’s Books, 1005 W. Burnside, 7:30pm
February 3, Boston, Brookline Booksmith, 7pm.
February 5, Chicago, Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., 7pm.
February 9, New York City, McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St., 7pm.
February 11, New York City, Borders (Columbus Circle), 7pm.
February 14, New York City, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Special event: “The Valentine’s Day Personal Media Mixer &
Confessional Culture Variety Show”
: PostSecret, FOUND, Mortified, and Cassette From My Ex join with SMITH Magazine for a very special evening to benefit Housing Works. Note: This event will sell out. Buy advance tickets here. Note: this event is sold out.

Missed us in the Bay Area? Try a contributor event!
Saturday, February 7th from 11am-3pm at Sotto Voce, 1845 Solano Avenue, Berkeley CA
Featuring six-word memoirists Lisa Ihnken and Tiffany Chesnosky.

2008 Six-Word Memoir Book Tour
Brooklyn, NY, June 9
June 9, 7pm Barnes & Noble, Park Slope, 267 7th Ave. @ 6th St: Larry and Rachel are joined by Nell Casey, Amy Sohn, and others for a reading and the authors’ “stories behind the stories” in the heart of Park Slope, where people like books.

Mankato, MN, May 14 Barnes and Noble: Contributors Rachael Hanel, Renee Schunk, and Patrick Dentinger host a reading and signing for Midwest memoirists and fans. Read the event report.

Philadelphia, May 16-18
May 16, Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse Square: Join Rachel and Larry for a reading and “stories behind the stories,” at the B&N in Philly’s Center City at 7:30pm.
May 18, Philadelphia Book Festival: Find Rachel and Larry at the Poetry Pavilion at Philly’s Free Library at 12pm on May 18 for a reading and six-word slam. Come and bring the kids!

Feb. 9, New York City: Launch party at Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe!.

Feb. 13, Los Angeles: The six-word hookup party with TrueHookUpConfessions at Barcopa, 7-9pm.

Feb. 16, San Francisco: Progressive Reading Series with host Stephen Elliott and Vendela Vida, Steve Almond, Colm Toibin, Michelle Orange, and Charles D’ Ambrosio at the Makeout Room, 7pm.
Feb. 19, San Francisco: Six-word slam with Green Apple Books@ the Rockit Room, 7pm.
Feb 20, Mountain View, CA: Larry Smith & Rachel Fershleiser present the story of the six-word memoir book at the authors@google series, 1pm.

Feb. 21, Portland, OR: Reading and six-word slam at Powell’s Books (downtown location).

March 11, New York City: Reading and presentation of the making of the six-word book at McNally Robinson at 7pm, with Anthony Swofford, Nell Casey, Amy Sohn, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Abby Ellin, and others. Bring your six-word memoir and join in!
March 25, New York City: Six-word memoir slam at KGB Bar, 7-9pm, with Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Koren Zailckas, Ned Vizzini, Carlos Mare 139 Rodriguez, and others. Check out the event report.
April 10, New York City: A presentation of the making of Not Quite What I Was Planning and a six-word salon with The Hired Guns. Check out the event report and photos.

* The six-word memoir of contributor Sebastian Buhai in Not Quite What I Planning, page 160.